To me, my philosophy about life is take care of the earth and the earth will take care of you. Eating real food means eating locally, organically and minimal to no pesticides. If I garden and support my local farmers, that will help support the earth's natural cycle. The less chemicals I use, the less toxic the environment is around me. It is important to keep yourself centered which is why I surf. It is the best meditative activity out there for me.
CSA pick up!
For those of you who know what CSA is, we started our first pick up last week!!! A CSA means community supported agriculture. A CSA is where you pay before hand for a part of the farm's produce. The main factor in deciding what you get each week is how much crop was harvested that week. This means you get fresh produce that is in season. I chose fruit, vegetable and egg share from the Garden of Eve farm in Riverhead. The reason we chose this farm is due to the drop offs. The drop off closest to us is in Bayport which is right down the road from my mom. This farm also allowed for variety which I liked. You can go to www.localharvest.org to find the closest farm to you. I also did a little research on my own. Not all farms are found on this website. It just makes it easier for most. After deciding back in March, I paid for CSA pick ups biweekly from June to November. I pick up fresh produce every other Wednesday between 3 and 7pm. You get what's in season, what's plentiful and freshly picked from the garden. Needless to say, we got tons of greens. I took pictures to show everyone. :)
Sometimes I love the cold weather and other times I do not. Cold weather involves tons of warm hearty meals such as chili, stew, lasagna, pastas, all things that I do not usually cook a lot during warm weather. Also, all things I avoided last year because I was such a newbie in clean eating. These were all traditional meals that I had growing up and made once I went off on my own. I was terrified of changing some of them due to losing the taste. There is A LOT to change in some of these recipes. This fall/winter, I plan on tackling them. I will also be introducing a lot of new recipes as well. I hope to share with you as the season progresses.
This recipe I am about to share is a recipe I have used for more then 5-6 years since it came out. I read it in Shape magazine, specifically the "Make over your body in 21 days" issue. (You can locate the original recipe on the Shape website.) Since then I have made some modifications to it. I use fresh ingredients instea…
Life takes us up and down and all around the bend. As you can see, I'm not that consistent of a blogger. I also haven't blogged since 2013 and boy has life given me lessons. 2014 was a stressful year with my job and trying to recover with my injuries I had in the accident in 2013. I got another cochlear implant in 2015. I had some kidney problems that same year. I lost my job due to bankruptcy and discrimination that year as well. I moved home in 2015. I had a nervous breakdown as well. Multiple people passed away. I was around some pretty toxic people. 2016 wasn't exactly thrilling as I tried to get ahold of my mental health as well as my finances. I've had to work on some pretty heavy demons throughout that time. I've gained about 80lbs totally on and off since then. My weight fluctuates unbelievably despite trying to heal my emotional eating as much as possible. I was in a car accident in March 2017. It was pretty bad. Broke one arm badly, fr…
When I first started cleaning up my diet, I started with my breakfast. I used to eat Cascadian Farms Granola Cereal. Needless to say, the ingredients were not so good. It included food that was not considered clean eating. I was definitely misled by the cover of the box which said it was organic and natural. I found a recipe from 100daysofrealfood.com for homemade granola. I tweaked the recipe to make it my own. I used some ingredients from the cereal I liked previously and then added flavors that I liked. Homemade granola does not last very long in my apartment. I love adding fresh fruit and milk with it. When I first started dating my boyfriend, I made it for him to take with him to work. He loved it. He requested that I make it this weekend for him. He now has a whole batch for breakfast at work. It's really simple to make and very satisfying.
3 cups rolled oats 3 cups of whole wheat puffed rice 1 cup nuts (I use whatever is on hand. I like almonds. …